Okay, okay… I’ll admit it. In some ways, each wedding I work is my “favorite of the year”. This is because I’m highly affected by my environment. I’m an “instant” type of person. I soak in each day as if there was none before or after. And I live for love so honestly and so ferociously. But this wedding will stick with me. I only got the chance to meet Victoria a few times [as she's a fashion designer based in Toyko], but from the moment I met her I felt it. Radiating joy. A smile throughout her whole presence. An awe for love. A passion for life. And a sweetness that is simply incomparable. I love her for that breath of freshness which stays with me still. My good friend and photographer Wayne Toshikazu [now a Portland transplant] referred Victoria to me only a month before her wedding. But it wasn’t until she flew into town, about 1.5 weeks out, that we met. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Yes, she made her dress. Yes, she made her bridesmaid dresses. She also made her rehearsal dinner attire as well as her “morning after” brunch dress. And her table overlays. She’s more than “kinda” amazing- am I right? Her classic beauty and unique magnetic personality allow me only to reference Miss Audrey Hepburn as her closest kindred spirit.
Michael is Victoria’s perfect balance. Calm, collected, and strong. He grounds her and you can just see in the way they are together… everything about them is complimentary. They’re head-over-heels for one another.
The image below on the right should be framed. It’s timeless and classy just like V.
And of course- Michael looking so regal himself. Easy to do at an inspiring venue such as The Langham Huntington Hotel.
Everything about this wedding was deeply personal and symbolic. Like how they wed in the Japanese Garden, because they met in Japan. They even brought in a gospel singer to treat the crowd and rejoice with them to tunes such as Amazing Grace and Oh Happy Day.
I forgot to mention that Victoria is British. I 100% adore her mother’s amazingly British sense of style, and that fabulous hat. You can see where she got her fire for fashion!
The MOMENT after the kiss, when the music came on, Victoria immediately started to sing and shimmy her way back up the aisle with her husband. It’s a memory that I have engrained in my mind. She oozes joy and purity on a regular basis, and to see her so excited was something everyone got to truly experience with her.
When meeting with Victoria and describing her wedding, I was thrilled as she threw around words like “classic”, “traditional”, “bridal”, “timeless”, and “romantic”. It’s unfortunate that we don’t see more weddings like this right now [they'll come back around for sure], but everything she said was totally encompassed in her dress. She loves bows. And so, bows we did. Everywhere. And you know what- tulle, in it’s proper setting, has never looked so good.
Anyone who has visited the Langham knows that the ballrooms are incredibly detailed and gorgeous. For this style of event, they became the perfect backdrop. Her entire feel and style were centered around the gold detailing and lush, warm tones of the room’s walls, ceiling, and decor. It’s like her wedding was made, born, and raised in that room. And it fit together perfectly.
After the ceremony, receiving line [LOVE it] and formal portraits… V and M ran upstairs for a quick dress change. She wore Oscar, touting him as the “only man she’d ever loved”. And he fit her oh-so-well. Her dancing dress was impeccably detailed!
Victoria was the epitome of bridal style, grace, and class. Her sweetness and tenderness truly knows no end, and I’m thankful to have had her in my life for any amount of time!
The vendor lineup:
Venue: The Langham Huntington Hotel and a special thanks to Chelsea Rowe for being SO incredibly awesome. Team work!!
Photographer: Wayne Toshikazu
DJ: DJ Amara [rolled with the punches and knocked it outta the park!]
Event Coordination: In The Now Weddings + Events + Awesomeness + Prettifyers
Chiavari Rentals: Chiavari Chairs 4 Rent [total amazingness personified, and chair-ified]
Floral Design: Victoria and Lori, friend of the Bride and Groom
Pastor and Gospel Singer: Friends of the Groom
Table Overlays: The bride
Such fun, such fun we had! Let your heart lead you today in a way that’s almost naively graceful. It’ll leave an impact on some sure to last a lifetime!